Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain by Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth

A magic walking roller coaster

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Photo © Guido Erbring

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Since 13th of November the large-scale sculpture “Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain” by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth is accessible for the public.

Lately, the sleek curved shape of a rollercoaster highlights widely visible the highest peak of the park-­‐like designed Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in the South of Duisburg. The dynamic sweeps and curves of the construction inscribe themselves like a signature into the scenery and soar till the height of 21 meters. From a distance the metallic glossy track creates the impression of speed and exceeding acceleration. Viewed from close up, the supposed lane turns out to be a stairway which, elaborately winding, follows the course of the rollercoaster. The visitor can climb the art work by foot. Although the course describes a closed loop, it is impossible to accomplish it as the looping emerges to be a physical barrier. On top, at the highest point of the sculpture – 45 meters above ground – the visitor is rewarded with an extraordinary view over the landscape of the Western Ruhr.

“Tiger and Turtle” refers with its immanent dialectic of speed and deadlock to the situation of change in the region and its turn towards renaturation and restructuring. While the sculpture conveys an absurd twist regarding the inherent expectation of the image created by a rollercoaster, it reflects its own role as potential trans-­‐regional lanmark which will be inevitably pocketed as image. It counters the logic of permanent growth with an absurd-­‐contradictory sculpture that refuses a definite interpretation.

Photo © Guido Erbring

With 44 x 37 meters base and 21 meters construction height the sculpture is not only one of the largest in Germany, but also a masterpiece of engineering. Especially the draft of the stairs(developed in collaboration with Arnold Walz) consequentially and elegantly winds along the three-­‐dimensional shape that is in every spot different and therefore harbours a so far never accomplished challenge.

Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth create together artistic projects in public space and exhibition venues since eight years. Their works are site-­‐specifically and contextually developed and reflect in a magnifold way the conditions of publicness. Since 2007 the artist duo lives and works in Hamburg where Heike Mutter holds professorship at the Hochschule für bildende Künste.

Photo © Guido Erbring

Photo © Guido Erbring

2011年11月13号起, Heike Mutter与Ulrich Genth的作品“老虎与乌龟——魔山”面向公众开放。这个造型动态的人行过山车位于德国杜伊斯堡南部的Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe公园的最高点。




Photo © Mutter Genth

Photo © Mutter Genth

Photo © Mutter Genth

Photo © Mutter Genth

Photo © Werner Hanappel

Photo © Mutter Genth

Tiger & Turtle -­‐ Magic Mountain
Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, authors; Planning Partners:
City of Duisburg, awarding authority;
Arnold Walz, parametric 3-­‐d planning and concept of the stairway system, designtoproduction /
Stuttgart; Michael Staffa, planning of structural framework, ifb frohloff staffa kühl ecker / Berlin;
Sonja Becker + Rüdiger Karzel, bk2a architektur / Köln; A project of the cultural capital of Europe

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